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Victorian Bustle Dresses

Queen Victoria ruled England from 1837-1901. Before this time, men were the focus of fashion, but with a queen in power, women surged to the forefront. Many different clothing styles came and went during her reign, from the Early Hoop Victorian Style to the Victorian Bustle and and late Edwardian Unnatural Waistline Persisit Style. Whether you're looking for a Victorian Hoop Dress, a Victorian Bustle Dress; a Victorian Dress for your Halloween/Christmas or for your themed ball, you've come to a right place. We offer Free Custom Made to all of our Victorian Dresses, you can get any one Victorian Dress with exactly your measurements.

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Bustle Fashion

The bustle dress style went through three distinct periods. The first period was the Early Bustle Period, which lasted from 1869-1876. In this period, a separate bodice and skirt were worn, and the bodice was characterized by a high neck and a tight fitting sleeve. The skirt bustle had petticoats underneath it to still give it volume.

The Natural Form Period lasted from 1877-1882, and did away with the bustle completely. However, pleats and draping still gave the effect of a skirt bustle although there was no physical bustle present. Fullness in the skirt was usually drawn to the back so that the silhouette in the front was flat.

The Late Bustle Period appeared in 1883 and lasted until 1889. A true bustle became popular again, and was much more extreme than the previous ones. The bustle skirts were higher and larger than previous bustles, and many times drapery similar to the Natural Form Period was seen.

At Salellita, we have many different styles of Victorian bustle dresses. Browse our collection below to find one that is perfect for your next historical event. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us. Our customer service representatives would be more than happy to help.